Dec 4, 2012 5:00pm PST
tackle climate change. environment ministers fro ound the world are rolling up their sleeves in doha, qatar, to address the challenges they share. they have rising greenhouse gas emissions, ice sheets melting rapidly and a warming planet. ban ki-moon urged them to speeds up negotiations on climate change. >> delegates are deadlocked over finances, developing nations are calling on trializ liindustrial countries to stop global warning. a delegate from the pacific island nation of palau says financial support to protect the lives of people there is indispensable. >> we don't have the resources, and we are also being threatened by climate change. financing is part of our survival. we need finances to survive. >> the delegates are running up against a deadline, the conference scheduled to end on friday. now, the ministers come to the table with competing interests. they come from nations with a range of environmental and economic challenges. nhk world has more from doha. >> the meeting taking place this year in the oil rich qatar has entered the final stretch. delegates are making the fi
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm PST
future. >> japan's environment minister nagahama did not address concerns japan will miss its midterm goal of cutting emissions by 25% by 2020. but he promised to continue financial support for developing nations. >> translator: japan will contribute to fight climate change through cooperation with all the countries, including developing nations. >> delegates from industrialized nations say emerging economies should bear an equal burden. they say greenhouse gas emissions are rising rapidly in countries such as china and india. but the senior chinese delegate said industrialized countries should look at their own record. >> translator: we can't change the fact that industrialized nations have long been the main emitter of greenhouse gases and the cause of climate change. >> ministers have only two days to wrap up their discussions. >>> the evacuees of namee town have been away from home for 21 months and it could be years before they return. they were among the people who had to evacuate after the nuclear disaster in fukushima and many are feeling stressed out after their long separati
Dec 5, 2012 5:30pm PST
that environment. you're seeing citi, in fact, address those concerns in the layoff announcement today. >> ifill: what does that tell bus the health of the banking sector and whether other big banking institution might be following suit? >> citigroup is not as mump an indicator species as i think people would want it to be. 15 years ago, it was the financial supermarket. it rolled everything together. it's one-stop shopping, and that mold has been called into question, not least by the architect of this model, sandy wiel, saying we should break up the big banks. gwen, i think it tells us more about the end of the era of kind of this force conglomeration of bank where's bigger is naturally better. you have seen, obviously, too big to fail banks become too bigger to fail, such as j.p.morgan, or wells fargo which bought wachovia. but there are others who find they can't hit their stride with the asset they say accummed a decade ago. >> ifill: what we're watching happening at citigroup. does that make them an outlier or a sign of things to come? >> i think it's a little bit of both.
Dec 3, 2012 5:30pm PST
imagine that breaking through the current political environment. >> i think basically now, gwen, there are three sticking points. one is the amount of revenue and the sources of revenue. the second is the amount of spending cuts and how much of that will come from the entitlement programs particularly health. the last sticking point is what do we do aut this debt lit that we've come up against all the time that puts our credit in danger. >> ifill: the president has said the debt limit should be, at least in his opening statement, that the debt limit debate should be set aside and that nothing can be done unless the taxes are cut... are raised for the wealthy. is that part of a solution that you can see working for what it is everybody is trying to get to here? >> look, gwen, i'm not a bit worried that it appears on the surface that secretary geithner ton the speaker didn ke any progress last week. that's just a theater you go through. geithner made his first offer. the republicans rejected it. no surprise. i'm sure that this offer that the speaker has made today, the democrats will reject.
Dec 3, 2012 4:30pm PST
real demand like we have in the past. >> looking to the new year, the business environment, consumer sentiment, how are things shaping up for ford? >> well, right now it looks like it's going to continue to expand. both in gdp and the industry. based especially on the second half of this year. but again, it is all going to be very dependent on what the economy does and what we do especially in the united states to create an environment where the consumer feels confident and they can purchase these decisions opinions what about europe kux turn those losses into profits. >> we have announced our plan for europe which is similar to what we did in the united states. we will bring more vehicles in to people wanting value and restructuring the operations to getack to profitability but a very, very tough situation in europe economically. >> susie: you said will you step down as c.e.o. in 2014. what do you want to accomplish before you hand over the keys of ford. >> i want to complete the development of this family of vehicles, both for ford and lincoln that are absolutely best in class. and
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take on every important issue in american life, from health and safety to the environment to taxation. in alec task forces, elected state officials and corporate representatives close the doors to press and public, and together approve the bills that will be sent out to america. but americans have no idea they come from alec, unless someone like a mark pocan exposes it. >> when i went down to new orleans, to the alec convention last august, i remember going to a workshop and hearing a little bit about a bill they did in florida and some other states. and there was a proposal to provide special-needs scholarships. and lo and behold all of a sudden i come back to wisconsin, and what gets introduced? get ready. i know you're going to have a shocked look on your face. a bill to do just that. >> 26 alec members in the wisconsin legislature sponsored that special-needs bill, but the real sponsor was alec. pocan knew because the bill bore a striking resemblance to alec's model. have a look. but pocan isn't only concerned that alec sneaks bills into the state legislature. the intent behind th